YOGA FOR FOR KIDS & TEENS (3-17 YEARS OLD)
“A child is born to you to help him face his karma in this life. A child is not your ego; not a pet dog in the house; not a substitute for love. A child has nothing to do with that. A child is born to you so that you can prepare him to face time unto Infinity. “ -The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan—the Power of the Spoken Word
Why Yoga for children?
Yoga, is a practice and lifestyle that helps so much physically and psychologically. People worldwide and of all religions practice Yoga. We agree that yoga reduces stress, helps us breathe better, improves our quality of life and contributes to the well-being in all spheres of life (physical, psychological, intellectual and behavioural).
When we think of physical activity for our children, physical and team sports often come first into our mind. Yoga is a very beneficial activity: Yoga is essentially dynamic, light, varied and entertaining. These teachings include different postures (asanas) with themes of animals, therefor a language that is familiar to children.
Stress and anxiety are causes for many ailments and muscle pains, these affect as well children. Children may experience stress in different forms, such as, from educational requirements, fear of failure, competition, and intimidation …
Undoubted benefits of yoga for children
Studies by various universities in the world have shown that yoga improves student behaviour, physical health and school performance, as well as their behaviour towards themselves.
Children are more flexible and agile than adults, the earlier they begin practicing yoga, the greater the benefits stay with them.
In addition to the many physical benefits as flexibility, balance, agility, coordination, movement and muscle building. Through yoga the child becomes:
- Aware of each part of the body and in space.
- Successfully channelling their energy positively and cultivating their sense of belonging.
- Learning effective breathing techniques that will help to manage stress.
- Develop concentration, so the child is more receptive to learning.
- Live relaxation, manage better emotions, feelings and stress.
- Accelerating the development of the full potential of children.
- Develop Self-confidence.
Yoga offers a competition-free environment for children, so to say, without winners or losers. This is a perfect complementary to other activities for children. Yoga can be practiced by everybody, requires little or no equipment and it’s the participation that counts, regardless of the level of the child. It is important not to oversee the moment of relaxation that yoga offers which is a beautiful teaching for growing children!
Yoga for children is a healthy body, stable emotions and a powerful brain to better learning at all levels!